About us

word cloudMoneySmart website is run by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to help people make smart choices about their personal finances.

Who is this site for?

ASIC's MoneySmart website is for all Australians - young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt.

We offer free, independent guidance so you can make the best choices for your money. We are not selling you anything.

And when life puts your finances under stress, MoneySmart is here to help you ride the storm. We have smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life: losing your job, having a baby, divorce or separation, buying a homelosing your partner and many more.

Video: Miles Larbey explains how MoneySmart can help you

Miles Larby explains how MoneySmart can help you

ASIC's Miles Larbey explains to Sam Henderson from the Sky TV program 'Your Money Your Call', how MoneySmart can help people better manage their money.

The MoneySmart team

MoneySmart is put together by an experienced team of financial planners and consumer educators. Some team members have been involved in financial services for over 20 years. We have seen where things can go wrong and can help you avoid potential disasters.

We see things from your point of view. Our team includes young guns under the age of 30 and old hands over 50. We have first home buyers, mums with young kids, experienced DIY investors and people who are successfully planning their retirement.

We add to our knowledge by consulting a wide range of external experts in industry, government and the community. We also use consumer research to guide our information.

How we work

MoneySmart website helps ordinary Australians take steps to improve their personal finances. We provide you with independent information so you can be better informed in making decisions. We help you take action on matters that will make a difference to your life.

However, you should consider getting financial advice before you make major financial decisions. 

We regularly review and update our content, and welcome you to contact us if you have any comments. We publish research into the effectiveness of the MoneySmart website. We also have information available about our advertising campaigns, such as the  'Get MoneySmart' campaign. You can also read what users say about the MoneySmart website.

Our history

ASIC has been active in financial literacy for many years. ASIC's previous consumer websites were FIDO and Understanding Money.

FIDO was a great source of financial information for almost a decade. Understanding Money was an innovative website for almost 5 years, with simple steps and basic calculators to help people sort out their money. These websites were replaced by MoneySmart in March 2011. Find out more about the MoneySmart launch. MoneySmart combines the best of these two websites and we've added much more. Read about our achievements since we went live on 15 March 2011.

Since July 2008, ASIC has been the government agency with overall responsibility for financial literacy. The MoneySmart website is one of the key initiatives in the National Financial Literacy Strategy.

ASIC also has a website for teachers and educators MoneySmart Teaching. It provides professional learning and other resources to help educators integrate consumer and financial literacy into teaching and learning programs.  

ASIC's other roles

This website is quite separate from ASIC's other roles. ASIC is also the corporate, markets and financial services and consumer credit regulator. For more information about ASIC's role as a regulator, go to the ASIC website.

ASIC's regulatory role includes helping consumers and investors protect themselves against unfair or illegal conduct in financial services and consumer credit. Visit our how to complain webpage for information on banking, credit or investment complaints.

Make MoneySmart one of your 'favourites' and visit us often to get your finances in better shape. Keep up to date with the latest smart money tips by subscribing to our monthly eNewsletter.

Last updated: 28 Feb 2014

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